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    QOTW: Which is the most impressive CPU of 2018?

    New releases have come thick and fast, but which one chip stands out?
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    Re: QOTW: Which is the most impressive CPU of 2018?

    I think for power profile, performance and capabilities the crown has to go to the Threadripper 2990WX. Being able to run 32/64 at quite impressive clocks and possible to be air cooled at stock is unheard of this side of the last 5 years. Motherboard support, memory and peripheral compatibility is also more than you can shake a stick at as well.

    And being compatible with previous gen mobos at Stock was a boon for developers!

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    Re: QOTW: Which is the most impressive CPU of 2018?

    I'm in the same boat as Tabbykatze. The threadripper release is very impressive
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    Re: QOTW: Which is the most impressive CPU of 2018?

    Threadripper 2990WX without any doubt.

    It is the one that redefines the market.
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    Re: QOTW: Which is the most impressive CPU of 2018?

    Anandtech did an article on the best CPU for gaming and came out with the Ryzen 3 2200G or the Core-i3-8100 as their best overall choice. Quite amusing really but does go to show how much modern games are GPU limited and how little the CPU has to contribute relative to what is available. For even their most expensive test systems they never even got near to the i7 range, never mind the i9.

    Most impressive? Well it has to be Threadripper. It really has made Intel go "whhhhaaa" and start churning out poorly optimised rush job high core count processors and has forced them to rejig their range which had been well established and comfortable for years. It has been disruptive, one could say. As has Ryzen but those core counts and numbers coming out of Threadripper are just insane. No use for me, I just need a decent mainstream CPU.

    Just hope that the Windows scheduling problems are sorted soon and we start seeing Threadripper performance on Windows that we currently see on Linux.

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    Re: QOTW: Which is the most impressive CPU of 2018?

    Probably the Ryzen 7 2700 or 2700X(£249 and £299). Great performance for the price. At the budget end, the Ryzen 3 2200G for £90, a great chip also. With Black friday coming, even better prices might be had by then.
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    Re: QOTW: Which is the most impressive CPU of 2018?

    Thread Ripper is the best thing to happen to CPUs since the invention of the CPU.

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    Re: QOTW: Which is the most impressive CPU of 2018?

    The latest Intel chips are quite impressive, just not for the right reasons. I wouldn't say CPU tech is really impressive though, Ryzen did great to improve competition and to push intel to also add more cores last year, but apart from that, progress is really really slow.

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    Re: QOTW: Which is the most impressive CPU of 2018?

    Zen+ architecture as a whole, so the crown for the Threadripper 2990WX for the sick core count. I think we still get Epyc 48/96 and Ryzen 16/32 this year, and the then the Ryzen will be my choice for the crown.
    Second place will go for ARM Cortex-A76 as this is small (but noticeable) step into PC market which will may in the future disown Intel Atom like processors.

    Errata: the A12 and Snapdragon is a SOC not a CPU.

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    Re: QOTW: Which is the most impressive CPU of 2018?

    Quote Originally Posted by DevDrake View Post
    Zen+ architecture as a whole
    +1.

    Unless of course you want to cook your dinner on the i9 9900k?

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    Re: QOTW: Which is the most impressive CPU of 2018?

    I think for Ryzen 16/32 they'll need to sort the scheduling problems out before even releasing the hardware.

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    Re: QOTW: Which is the most impressive CPU of 2018?

    2990WX. This CPU was a BOLD movement from AMDs part. 4/6/8/10/16 core CPUs are big deal in AMDs view, 32 is the magic number. And they took everyone by surprise, Intel included.
    It is by far the most impressive CPU launched in recent years, period.

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    Re: QOTW: Which is the most impressive CPU of 2018?

    Quote Originally Posted by DevDrake View Post
    Second place will go for ARM Cortex-A76 as this is small (but noticeable) step into PC market which will may in the future disown Intel Atom like processors.
    Lets be honest here, ARM is not reinventing the wheel with these CPUs. They do and use all the same tricks that Intel and AMD used many years ago plus some new tricks. But as a whole the new Cortex A76 is just A75 with more units here and there.
    They can go so low in power only because they have a very streamlined ISA, they don't have all the stuff required for HPC that desktop CPUs have and are built from the ground up (buses, memory controllers, etc) to consume as little power as possible. But technically, mobile CPUs don't have anything special at the uArch level compared to what Intel has on their CPUs.

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    Re: QOTW: Which is the most impressive CPU of 2018?

    2950x imho
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    Re: QOTW: Which is the most impressive CPU of 2018?

    Would say AMD, Intel now a day seem more like an expensive radiator meant for heating a household.

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    Re: QOTW: Which is the most impressive CPU of 2018?

    AMD has some nice CPU's, Intel's offerings are overpriced. I just upgraded from an i5-2500k to an i7-6700k and will wait until PCIe 4.0 before I make before I consider buying new.

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